In Memoriam

Sister Anita Chiappetta(1942-2022)

Sister Anita Chiappetta, formerly known as Sister Jean Vincent, died on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Anita was born in Chicago to Vincent J. and Mary (Cavoto) Chiappetta. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in theology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sister Anita spent more than nine years ministering in education in Defiance and Cleveland, Ohio, and Utica, Port Huron, and St. Clair Shores, Michigan. She served three years as a catechist/teacher trainer at St. Malachy Parish in Sterling Heights, Michigan. 

Sister Anita ministered 12 years as the business office manager at Human Growth Center, Inc., and 14 years as a social work assistant for the University of Michigan Hospital, both in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also served the Congregation for more than 16 years as executive secretary in Central Services and to the General Council, Co-Provincial of St. Catherine of Siena Province, and office assistant for the Dominican Midwest Chapter Office. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Jean L. Chiappetta. She is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed to all guests or visitors until further notice. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)

Vigil for Sister Anita

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Funeral for Sister Anita

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Left: At the age of 3. Right: Taking part in their December 28, 1960 Reception are: back row, from left, Sisters Anita Chiappetta, Cynthia Smitko, Kathleen Hogan, Kathleen Corley, and Carolyn Marron, and front row, from left, Sisters Juliann Flynn, Mary Fadden, Patricia Benson, Lorraine Corley, and Jeanne Pilat.

Left: The Chiappetta family enjoys a meal together: from left, Jean, Mary (mother), Anita, and Vincent James (father). Right: Siblings Anita and Jean

Left: Sister Anita Chiappetta in her ministry as social work assistant for Oncology Services, University of Michigan Hospital. Right: Celebrating Sister Anita’s Golden Jubilee in 2010 are, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Patricia Ann Dulka, Anita Chiappetta, Gene Poore (Dominican Sister of Peace), and Mary Emidio Singer.

Left: From left, Sisters Ann Kelly; Ardie Cloutier, OSF; Margaret Mehigan; and Anita Chiappetta. Right: Sisters Anita Chiappetta, left, and Mary Margaret Beh

Left: Standing, from left, Sisters Anita Chiappetta, Patricia Ann McKee, and Noreen Marie George and, seated in front, Sister Alma Marie Messing. Right: Enjoying a bike riding trip together in August 1988 are: back row, from left, Sisters Patricia Leonard, Mary Emidio Singer, Catherine Ormond Olds, and Gene Poore (Dominican Sister of Peace), and front row, from left, Sisters Anita Chiappetta and Diane Burgermeister.

Members of the 2010 Golden Jubilee Perpetual Help Crowd (June 1960) are: back row, from left, Sisters Patricia Fischer, Joann Plumpe, Barbara Jean Quincey, Joanne Wimmer, Anita Chiappetta, June Mary Deswysen, and Mary Helen Smolbrook; middle row, from left, Sisters Diane Pitera, Patricia Benson, Joanne Peters, Mary Katherine Homan, Grace Gianella, Kathleen Erard, Catherine Ormond Olds, and Helen Faiver; and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Elizabeth Gaiss, Joan Lawrence Sustersic, Juliann Flynn, Susan Marie Ouwerkerk, Maryetta Churches, Janet Marie Fulgenzi, Patricia Erickson, and Donna Markham (Prioress).


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